If a family leads a placid life, the Great Pyrenees makes a great pet. The dog is calm, devoted and well-mannered, but an owner must have patience during training because the dog tends to be independent and stubborn.
The Great Pyrenees was bred to be left alone and guard sheep in mountain valleys; therefore, the reason for its independence.
Male: 45-50 lbs.
Female: 38-45 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 60-70 in.
Female: 55-60 in.
Floppy ears (naturally)
Energy Level: Laid back
Longevity Range: 10-12 years
Tendency to Drool: High
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: High
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
Characteristics: Double coat, straight, dense
Colors: White with markings of
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
AKC Classification: Working
UKC Classification: Guardian Dog
The Great Pyrenees is a very large, muscular, double-coated dog. The outer coat is long, coarse, and either straight or slightly wavy; the undercoat is fine, soft and thick. Coat
Male Great Pyrenees average between 60-70cm in height; weights start at 45 kg. Females range in height from 55 to 60cm, with weights starting at 38kg.
The Great Pyrenees is a calm, well-mannered, serious dog known for his great devotion to family, including well-behaved children. These dogs are generally trustworthy, affectionate and gentle, but if the need arises, they will not hesitate to try to protect their family and their territory.
The Great Pyrenees was bred to be left alone and guard sheep in mountain valleys, so they are by nature relatively independent. This independence can make obedience training more of a challenge than is the case with other breeds. The same guarding roots also have left the Pyr with a strong instinct to bark.
The Great Pyrenees can be a wonderful companion if you live in a suburban or rural area and lead a fairly placid life. These dogs like having quiet time in the house and enjoy a predictable, orderly routine.
The guarding nature of this breed makes socialization especially important. Exposure to as many new people, places and situations as possible, especially when the Pyr is a puppy, will help moderate any excessive protectiveness. Patience during training is a
Grooming needs are moderate. Regular brushing of the double coat will keep it in good condition, but be prepared for a major annual shed. The outer coat does not mat, which makes care relatively easy.
Fossil remains of dogs similar to the Great Pyrenees have been found in Bronze Age deposits dating back from 1800 to 1000 B.C. For hundreds of years, such dogs worked with peasant shepherds in the isolation of the Pyrenees Mountains that separate Spain and France.
With the advent of medieval times, the beauty, elegance and character of these majestic white Pyrenees were no longer a secret. According to the Great Pyrenees Club of America, a
Until fairly recent times, Great Pyrenees were used to pull small carts and deliver milk in Belgium and northern France. They have also been